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Indiana Protection & Advocacy Services

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Protection and Advocacy for Individuals With Developmental Disabilities (PADD)

Created by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights (DD) Act of 1975 for individuals who meet the federal definition of developmental disabilities. PADD requires IPAS to pursue legal, administrative, and other appropriate remedies under all applicable federal and state laws to protect and advocate for the rights of individuals with developmental disabilities. Administered by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Indiana's Developmental Disabilities Network

IPAS has a collaborative relationship with the Indiana’s Governor’s Council on Disability and The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community. IPAS has a collaborative relationship with the Indiana’s Governor’s Council on Disability and The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community. Each of these organizations receives funding through the Administration on Developmental Disabilities to promote the productivity, independence, and inclusion of people with developmental disabilities. For more information regarding the Developmental Disability Network, click here (PDF, 833KB).

Indiana's Governor's Council on Disability   Indiana Institute on Disability and Community   IPAS

Protection and Advocacy for Individuals With Mental Illness (PAIMI)

Established by the Protection and Advocacy for individuals with Mental Illness Act of 1986, Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness seeks to protect and advocate for the rights of individuals with mental illnesses in both institutional and community settings. The PAIMI program investigates allegations of abuse, neglect, and rights violations for people with mental illnesses. Administered by the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Client Assistance Program (CAP)

Established as a mandatory program by the 1984 Amendments to the Rehabilitation Act for individuals seeking services from a program or project funded by the Rehabilitation Act. In Indiana, this would be Vocational Rehabilitation Services, and Centers for Independent Living. Administered by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, U.S. Department of Education.

Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology (PAAT)

Created in 1994 when Congress expanded the Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act (Tech Act), this program is for individuals with disabilities seeking Assistive Technology (devices or systems used to improve or maintain the capabilities of persons with disabilities). Designed to promote the provision of assistive technology and services through systemic reform, PAAT has the authority to negotiate compliance with federal law. Administered by Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, U.S. Department of Education.

Protection and Advocacy for Traumatic Brain Injury (PATBI)

Created by the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Act authorized as part of the Children's Health Act of 2000, this program's purpose is to expand advocacy services for individuals with traumatic brain injuries and to expand the service delivery system for this group of individuals. Administered by Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Protection and Advocacy for Voting Access (PAVA)

Created in 2002 when Congress enacted the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) IPAS seeks to ensure the full participation in the electoral process for individuals with disabilities, including registering to vote, casting a vote and accessing polling sites. Administered by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS)

Created by the Ticket to Work™ and Work Incentive Improvement Act of 1999 for individuals with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) who want to work or return to work. The role of Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security is to provide advocacy for beneficiaries of Social Security who have problems obtaining, maintaining and retaining employment. Administered by the Social Security Administration.

Protection and Advocacy of Individual Rights Program (PAIR)

Established by Congress as a national program under the Rehabilitation Act 1993 to protect and advocate for the legal and human rights of persons who are not eligible under the other programs-such as those with visual or hearing impairments or those with physical disabilities acquired as an adult. Administered by Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education.